As promised earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors last week unanimously voted to accelerate review of the land use application needed to permit a baseball stadium to be constructed on the One Loudoun property in Ashburn.
The Board of Supervisors in 2009 approved a baseball stadium at the Kincora project near the intersection of Rt. 28 and Rt. 7. But seeing no movement on construction of the roads and other infrastructure needed to support its stadium, the Loudoun Hounds announced Oct. 1 that it was moving its operations and stadium to the One Loudoun project, located off Loudoun County Parkway. The stadium would be located on land near the interchange of Loudoun County Parkway and Rt. 7.
But One Loudoun was approved in 2007 without any allowances for a stadium-like facility on the property. The developers will need a Comprehensive Plan amendment to designate the property as suitable for the use, and then a concept plan amendment and rezoning approval to change the already approved development plan. One Loudoun representatives hope to have the approval from the board by the spring, so the stadium can be built in time for an opening day in 2014.
Last week, however, supervisors made clear that an accelerated review did not mean there would be less scrutiny given to the applications.
“What happens is the applications that come in from [One Loudoun] for what it takes to the stadium to occur, it goes from the bottom of the pile to the top of the pile. The same reviews occur as with any application,” Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) said.
“We are just asking the planning folks to make it a priority,” Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) said. “It is going to go through all the regular studies. We’re trying to bring baseball to Loudoun in the timeframe we had initially hoped it would come.”
The stadium still is being planned for capacity for up to 10,000 fans including 5,500 fixed seats. Plans are to have the park host at least 72 baseball games per year as well as community events, concerts, festivals and additional sporting events. In addition to the Hounds being a part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, talks are ongoing to bring a team from the North American Soccer League to Loudoun.